The Deep End

Venezuelan-born DJ Miguel Colmenares started experimenting with electronic music after being wowed by two Miami mainstays — the up-all-night trance sessions of Club Space and the feverish beats of the Ultra Music Fest. Since then, Colmenares has gone on to spin a blend of house and ambient techno at a host of local and international venues; lately, he's even busier crafting his own music.

Earlier this year, Colmenares released two tracks on Subtropical Records, "Sure You Do" and "Carta Roja" — atmospheric collections of ambient bleeps and bloops that dance around subtle, Latin-influenced beats. The tunes are perfect for either chilling out or practicing your salsa. But Colmenares isn't content to rest on his laurels. In his latest work (which he plans to release this year on, the self-critical composer hopes to segue his minimalist approach into a more dynamic direction, incorporating old-school beats and "Detroit-style" dynamics. And though Miami might have served as his springboard, Colmenares is moving on — taking his act to Europe for some more artistic inspiration this February. Oh, how they grow up so fast.

Miguel Colmenares performs with Ivan Acosta-Rubio and Anatoli Russki at 6 p.m. Saturday, January 13, at the Laundry Bar, 721 Lincoln Ln., Miami Beach. Admission is free. Call 305-531-7700, or visit

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